A Chinese company is making a breakthrough in the world of solar power by harnessing the power of the sun.
The firm, Yingli, has been developing its own solar-powered plant that it says can go from zero to 100% power in just 15 minutes.
The plant, named Xianbao, is designed to power up to 40,000 homes in the southern province of Guangdong.
The new plant, which is the first of its kind, is the result of more than 20 years of research and development, the company said in a statement.
The Xianboan solar power system is being assembled at a facility in the city of Jinan in Henan province, which has seen record levels of solar energy during the past few years.
“We have made great progress in the past 15 years in building the world’s first solar-based energy system,” Yingli CEO Hu Shuhong said in the statement.
Yingli hopes that the Xianbonao plant will eventually power tens of millions of homes.
“By 2020, we expect to be able to produce electricity to cover 50 percent of the electricity demand of a city,” the company added.
Ying Li is an American company that has a long history in the solar-energy industry, first developing solar power technology for power plants and now manufacturing solar panels.
Yingl is building the solar power plants in Jinan to power the city.
China has a rapidly growing solar-power industry and the world has been looking for alternatives to fossil fuels.
Last month, the United Nations and other world leaders announced a plan to cut emissions from the burning of fossil fuels by 80 percent in 20 years.
The goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half from 2005 levels by 2030.
The U.N. Climate Change Conference is set to take place in the U.S. next month.
Yingling’s Xianbalao solar power project is designed around a solar farm.
“The solar-generated electricity is also used to heat the buildings and to cool the homes,” the statement said.
“This means that the energy generated is more efficient and more stable than fossil-fuel energy.”
The company is aiming to have a plant up and running in 2020.